The History

Steel sheet piles were first developed as earth and water retaining structures towards the end of the 19th century as an alternative to the wooden sheet pile planks used until then. Wooden sheet piles are quite limited in their strength and length and are, moreover, difficult to install in hard ground. Wood is also affected by moisture and dehydration, which shorten its life. Nor do wooden sheet piles offer optimal impermeability. That is why steel sheet piles were a good alternative to the wooden sheet pile planks, not only offering more application possibilities but also a much longer life. The first steel sheet piles were constructed from U and I sections which were riveted together. These sections were still far from ideal because they were relatively heavy in relation to their strength and were expensive to produce. There were also problems with driving them.

As hot-rolling techniques for steel improved at the start of the twentieth century, it became possible to roll locking connectors on to the U and Z rolled sections, so that continuous walls could be realised.  

The rolling techniques and the development of steel sheet piles in particular have not stopped, resulting in newer, lighter and more economic sheet pile sections appearing on the market. The sections are becoming increasingly wider, lighter and longer. In the past few decades, the use of steel sheet pile sections has grown enormously. The sheet piles are used everywhere where ground and/or water have to be retained. In the Netherlands especially, it is difficult to imagine building structures without steel sheet piles, because of the poor ground conditions in the country, the high groundwater level and the influence of building pits on the surroundings. Gooimeer B.V. was founded in 1976. Sheet piles were sold and rented from the company's office in Naarden, the Netherlands. Years of steady growth led to the acquisition of a site in Almere in 1996 where new offices were built alongside a large storage site. Gooimeer systematically developed as a modern business, through continual investment in innovation, expanding the range, and observing a strict environmental, safety and quality policy. Its success is anchored in the values of the family business: service based on reliability, commitment and flexibility. Good service means personal service. It is a matter of course for us to keep you properly informed, to deliver promptly and to work in accordance with the ISO 9001-2008 standard.

We personalise our service by:
• thinking along with you from the outset and at every stage in the process
• satisfying technical, financial and environmental criteria optimally
• working flexibly, also when the requirements change
• remaining committed, even after the project has been completed
• not being satisfied until the best solution has been realized.

Our relationships with customers are without exception, long-term ones. Why are more and more customers so satisfied and why do they remain so satisfied? Because Gooimeer is synonymous with reliability, innovation, commitment and flexibility.

Are you developing the framework for a construction project and looking for the best solution for an earth or water retaining structure? Are you planning a construction project or event and you want road plates to protect the base or to make the site accessible? Gooimeer supplies the sheet piles, steel tube piles or road plates you need to make your project a success.

In short, Gooimeer is a company which has more than earned its success in the construction world over the years; a company you can rely on.